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Houston Girl Scout encourages love of reading to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Sara H. worked with a summer school program in a low-income area of Houston to teach children the benefits of reading and more to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

“I learned a lot about leadership and being a leader who is able to take suggestions,” said Sara, a homeschooled junior. “I also gained useful experience planning an event and a full day of classroom activity.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

“I chose this project because I always loved reaching as a child, and I wanted to share that love of reading with kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity,” said Sara.

For her project, Sara led a team of volunteers in planning and leading classes at a local school’s summer session for first and second grade students. Sara and her volunteers taught the children through hands-on activities, such as cooking, acting and drawing, to show how reading can have a practical application. Students also explored the parts of a story and book, including the title, plot, characters and more. Finally, Sara and her volunteers collected enough books through donations so each child was able to take about 20 books home each.

“Sara learned a lot about being flexible and working with changes that were beyond her control,” said Diana H., Sara’s mother. “I was amazed at her patience. She also learned a lot about working with and coordinating volunteers. She grew a lot and became very responsible, and we are very proud of her.”

Sara has been a member of Girl Scouts for nine years. She is also a member of the Archdiocesan Youth Council, a member of her church’s youth group and a member of Art of Living.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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